A New Commitment to an Ancient Commission (9 of 13) by Bailey Smith

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A New Commitment to an Ancient Commission (9 of 13)
Bailey Smith
Matthew 28:16-20

Presidential Address
Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma

It has been said of the church, and most critically, I might add: Outwardly splendid as of old; inwardly sparkless, void and cold; her force and fire all spent and gone; like the dead moon, she still shines on.

The church of the Lord Jesus Christ is not simply a reflection of greater days of dedication in the past. It is not a cut flower with a little bit of beauty for a moment, but soon to lose its fragrance because it has lost its power and dedication. I believe the greatest days of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ are ahead of us. However, that is only going to be true when we have a new and greater loyalty-a new commitment to an ancient commission.

Let's examine Matthew 28:16-20: Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.

Let us see a new commitment to an ancient commission in five thoughts.

The small, but very powerful, word go is most important. The word go is not a general suggestion like a cafeteria choice. It is not a sterile implication. It is as pointed as an Apache arrow, piercing the complacency of lethargic hearts. ''GO!'' the lord commanded clearly and unmistakably.

Now, there are those who preach this passage and claim that we can go through our thoughts. We can go through prayer. We can go through giving. Of course, all of us know there are those who cannot physically be out of the house, b ...

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